The P&S she got was a Minolta Freedom Zoom 140EX Panorama Date.

Earlier this year she came to visit and pulled out the point and shoot and showed it to me, with the sad story that it stopped working and the guy at the camera store wasn't able to fix it. Could I try to fix it?

I went out to the garage, fiddled with it a bit, but no. Couldn't get it to work.